mately more useful than the answers that Genovese offers. It would also be a shame if the book were pillaged for apologetics on behalf of the more troubling aspects of antebellum society. Rather, it should be viewed as a challenge to us all to try to understand the Old South in all its contradictory complexity, and especially to try to comprehend those soudierners who earnesdy argued that slavery was a God-given trust. Exchanging Our Country Marks The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum Soudi By Michael A. Gomez University of North Carolina Press, 1998 370 pp. Cloth $45.00, Paper $18.95 Reviewed by Sylvia R. Frey, professor of history at Tulane University and former Pitt Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge, whose major works include The British Soldier in America: A Social History ofMilitary Life in the Revolutionary Period, Waterfrom the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age, and (with Betty Wood) Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestant Christianity in the American South and the British Caribbean to i8jo. Every so often an essentially synthetic work appears that is more than a synthesis. Exchanging Our Country Marks by Michael A. Gomez is
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